The US Economy Is Dead - By Jeff Nielson (27/2/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 February 2015 07:28

By Jeff Nielson for Sprott Money

For the past quarter century; the most effective “stimulus” for the U.S. economy has been a fall in gasoline prices. This is no great surprise, given that the United States had been the most gas-guzzling nation on the planet – and by a wide margin. But times have changed!

After Barack Obama publicly admitted that the U.S. government had ruthlessly manipulated oil prices lower, as “part of its strategy” of economic terrorism against Russia; global oil prices have been cut in half. The only other time that oil prices have fallen so far or so fast in the last quarter century was the brief/temporary collapse in prices which accompanied the Crash of ’08.

Has this enormous economic stimulus kick-started the U.S.’s zombie economy? Not at all. Indeed, the collapse in the U.S. retail sector has accelerated throughout this plunge in oil/gasoline prices. This should not be possible. Economic stimulus from lower prices (in any sector) is supposed to be automatic.

What does it mean when an economy not only fails to respond to “automatic” stimulus, but continues to rapidly decompose? It means we are dealing with a deceased economy. This is a “surprise” to the irredeemable charlatans who have the audacity to call themselves economists, but it shouldn’t have been. Not if any of them were paying attention. Not if any of them lived in the real world.



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How Our Crazy Money Works - By Bill Bonner (27/2/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 February 2015 07:26

Bonner & Partners

Yes, we were in London, taking care of business. Now, we’re back in Buenos Aires.

We’ve tried medication. We’ve tried prayer. We’ve tried heavy drinking – all in an effort to understand how our crazy money system works. And where it leads.

You’d think it would be easy. It’s just Central Banking 101, no?

Well, no. It is squirrelly… and diabolically subtle. We doubt anyone fully understands it – especially those who are supposed to control it.

The basic unit for the system is a kind of money the world has never had before: the post-1971 fiat dollar.

It’s paper money – worth as much as people think it is worth… and managed by people who think it should be worth less as time goes by.



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Yin And Yang - By Bill Bonner (27/2/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 February 2015 07:22

Bonner & Partners

Why?

Because we wish to remember that periods of gluttony and wantonness must be followed by periods of fasting and correction.

Yin and yang must be kept in balance. Pain and pleasure... good and bad... right and wrong – all must get what is coming to them. Otherwise, the entire world gets out of whack.

We fast to remind ourselves that there are hardships... there are lean periods in life. Not just in our drinking lives... but in our economic lives... and in our emotional lives too.

There is adversity. There is pain and penance. We fall in line, observing church rituals, so that we don't fall apart when real adversity hits us in the face. We endure Lent so we can enjoy Easter.

Yes: Corrections are a part of life.



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Gold Versus The Financial System - By Simon Black (27/2/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 27 February 2015 07:21

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Markets Versus The Economy – The Great Disconnect - By Lance Roberts (26/2/15) PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 February 2015 07:23

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